Tech News: Samsung Display will make 90Hz OLED panels for laptops.
What would you prefer in your next gaming laptop? An OLED panel with excellent contrast and deep black levels or a different display technology that can go above 60Hz? Well, soon you won’t have to choose. Samsung Display has announced plans to produce “the world’s first” 90Hz OLED panels for laptops and notebooks. The company will begin manufacturing 14-inch displays in March, according to CEO Joo Sun Choi. For now, it’s unclear whether that means a particular resolution and aspect ratio or multiple offerings meant for different laptop models.
For video game enthusiasts, this is close to a dream scenario. Many consider OLED to be the king of display technology, enhancing everything Mini-LED and MicroLED can produce right now. (That’s why LG’s C1 lineup won our Best TV award at CES last week.) A 60Hz refresh rate is fine for some games, but the industry is slowly moving towards faster frequencies. Many PC gamers already own 120Hz or 144Hz monitors, for example, which can give them an edge in titles like Valorant. While lower, 90Hz should provide a decent gaming experience on the go and pair well with the hardware that usually comes inside laptops.
Of course, such a display could also end up in business and productivity-focused laptops. We’ve seen many mainstream smartphones, after all, come with 120Hz panels, like last year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 and OnePlus 8T. The question now is simple: Which companies and models will use Samsung Display’s new laptop panels? The latter simply confirmed that “several global IT companies” will release laptops with 90Hz OLED screens “this year”. Let us know in the comment section below which laptops you think would benefit the most from a combination of 90Hz and OLED.